Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Extreme Ways

The Jason Bourne trilogy is the best film trilogy since The Lord of the Rings… not that there were many contenders. Even the weakest entry in the series, The Bourne Supremacy was a really good movie.

I just finished watching The Bourne Ultimatum a few minutes ago. It’s easy to understand why this film had a huge summer box office. It’s just as good as the first entry. Brilliant chase scenes throughout the whole picture. I also loved the way Ultimatum connects with Supremacy. Talk about talking it's time to tell the story!

I’m glad I watched it at home and not at the theatre. All the hand-held camera work and fast paced editing would have given me a serious headache. The intimacy of a large sized television set corrects this.

The Bourne Identity (2002, Doug Liman) A
The Bourne Supremacy (2004, Paul Greengrass) B+
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007, Paul Greengrass) A

Homemade Wicked Movie

A very disturbing video I found on YouTube.

Best Picture Predictions

Here are my current predictions for Best Picture:

No Country For Old Men
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
American Gangster

I would like to include There Will Be Blood, but I have a feeling it will receive mixed reviews. The four journalist who saw it last week have been suspiciously quiet.

Sweeney Todd is wishful thinking.

Monday, October 29, 2007

2001: A Space Odyssey

I watched 2001: A Space Odyssey again a few nights ago and saw a completely different film than the one I had seen so many times in my youth. As a kid, I saw a film about the beauty of space travel. As an adult, I see a film about the evolution of man and our place in the universe. I also fully understand now Stanley Kubrick’s use of HAL9000, the computer who attempts to destroy the ship’s crew.

HAL is the most human character in the film. The computer acts all too human in his quest to destroy the Discovery crew out of embarrassment, pride, and self preservation. HAL does not want to be shut down (to die) by the space man. HAL is fully conscious and wants to remain so. The shut-down scene is unbelievably sad.